Joel Hagan

Joel Hagan

Strider Brings Fun for Kids to Major League Triathlon Series

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Strider Adventure Zones to Teach Riding Skills to Kids 2 to 5 Years Old

Rapid City, SD (April 12, 2016) — The country may not be quite ready for Toddler Triathlons, but kids as young as 18 months can learn to ride a bike and have fun at this month’s Major League Triathlon (MLT) event kicking off in Temple, Texas. Thanks to Strider, the leader in no-pedal balance bikes and its famous Strider® Adventure Zone, parents and spectators visiting the Major League Triathlon weekend of events can introduce the youngest members of the family to the fun of riding a bike. Ideal for toddlers and kids up to age five, the Strider Adventure Zone is a safe, free, fun, and friendly environment where all young riders can take a spin around the specially designed course of ramps and obstacles. Strider Bikes help children develop vital balance and coordination skills needed to ride on two wheels, while the Adventure Zone course allows riders of all abilities to take their time getting comfortable on a bike as they socialize, play, and show off to their parents.

“A big thing for us is making everyone feel comfortable to get involved at our events,” said MLT CEO Daniel Cassidy. “That includes children, and we know that having Strider on site with their Adventure Zone will make our weekends even more conducive to families.”

Ryan McFarland, Strider Founder and CEO agrees, “At Strider, we go where the action is. The Major League Triathlon events are full of families and athletes who love the outdoors, so they are a perfect venue for our Adventure Zones.”

A fun event for the entire family, the 2016 Major League Triathlon - Temple takes place April 15-17. The Strider Adventure Zone will be open Saturday, April 16 from 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, TX. The MLT festival will include food vendors, craft beer vendors, game zones featuring SpikeBall, interactive expos, MLT Pro interaction, a headliner concert featuring Russell Dickerson, and more! Three other MLT events (and Strider Adventure Zones) will take place throughout the summer and fall in Sarasota, Florida; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Greater Portland, ME.

Monday, 11 April 2016 15:08

March Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

March was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff (as always) had a tough time picking their 3 favorites.

If you were one of the top 3 selected for March you will receive an email with your gift certificate information. 

Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your April entries!

Without further ado...

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1st Place - Desert Overlook

 

 

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2nd Place - KTM Snow Striding

 

 

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3rd Place - Color Matching

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Special guest post from Danie Koskan - Runner/Strider Mom extraordinaire!

I'm 36 now, but started running in high school. I was the girl who always finished near the back of the pack during cross country meets, but I was dedicated to the sport. I loved it then, and I love it now. One of my goals before I finished college was to run a marathon. It was so awful and wonderful at the same time that I kept running them into my post-college and professional life. These days I run half marathons. Sprinting to keep up with my kids on their bikes for a few miles has turned out to be a great way to train. When my boys grow up, I'll return to longer distances, but I'm not willing to sacrifice these fleeting moments with them to spend hours and hours training. 


I have three boys; Lincoln, Reagan and Thatcher. The 10.4-mile Heart of the Hills race is a tradition in our family because it goes right past our driveway. Last summer Reagan biked the whole way, and Thatcher joined me the last three miles on his pedal bike. Two summers before, I'd just had Lincoln. He was younger than two weeks old, so I wasn't quite in running shape. But I promised Reagan he could ride the last three miles of the course on his bike for tradition's sake (the 7-mile marker is near our mailbox). So Reagan took off, but so did Thatcher -- on his Strider. He was 2.5 years old at the time, so I couldn't very well just let him go by himself. And I was pretty sure he would run out of the steam, but he didn't. He booked it all the way to the finish line. And I sprinted after him the entire 5K.

Six months later, he was riding a pedal bike like nobody's business. Seriously, these bikes are amazing. My boys are in such great shape. Fitness is something we've achieved and maintained together. As soon as they transitioned from the Strider, they kept riding alongside me. Or more truthfully put, increasingly farther ahead of me.

FamilyJogRunning with your two-wheeled kid (or in my case, kids) probably isn't every running parent's idea of a good time. There are potty breaks, snack breaks, untied shoe breaks, look-mom-there's-a-bug-on-the-side-of-the-road breaks. Running with my boys has literally forced me to slow down and breathe all this wonder in, to notice what I didn't see before in my haste to get from Point A to Point B. And the really cool thing? Thanks to all this stopping and starting and sprinting to keep up, I've become a faster and stronger runner. But more importantly, I get to model to my kids what it means to be fit and have fun. And it started with a Strider.

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Rapid City, SD (March 28, 2016) — The Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln, Nebraska, is teaming up with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth. Raising Cane’s is hosting a Giveaway Party to hand out the bikes on April 17 from 1 p.m. – 3 pm. at their restaurant located at 58th & Old Cheney (5810 S. 58th Street). SCHEELS will also be onsite with a FREE Adventure Zone where children can come test ride a Strider Bike. The Giveaway Party and Adventure Zone is open to the public.

Raising Cane’s will be donating over 50 of the bikes to the children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. In addition, 35 bikes will be given away at the April 17 Giveaway Party, where 5 bikes will be given away every 15 minutes to those in attendance. An additional 20 bikes will be given away to customers who register in-restaurant between March 28 and April 10, and the remainder will be given to children of their crewmembers.

“The partnership with Strider was a no-brainer for us. Not only does it embody one of our core values of supporting active lifestyles, but our (Justin and I) two children used them as well and we are true believers in the bike,” said Jennifer Jones, owner of the Lincoln and Grand Island Raising Cane’s restaurants. “So when we had the opportunity to give other children a chance to have a Strider Bike of their own and to host an event that would put 120 of these bikes under children in the community, we were very excited and didn’t hesitate to become apart of it.”

After the April 17 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Lincoln Strider Cup race on June 11. The Lincoln race is the first of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. It is also the first time Strider has held a national race in Lincoln. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test.

Derek Bombeck of Lincoln got Strider Bikes for his two-year-old twin sons Collin and Graham when they turned one. "It has been amazing watching their progression and confidence over the past 9 months. When we go outside the first thing they ask for is their Strider bikes. We ride them around the neighborhood and at the park. With the balance and coordination they are learning on their Strider Bikes, transitioning to pedal bikes should be easy."

The June 11 event will have races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs riders of all ages. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 on-site for the toddler races. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration, and all racers will receive either a medal or a trophy. Pre-registration is open now at http://www.striderbikes.com/lincoln.

Upcoming Strider Cup races are slated for June 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

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Strider Adventure Zones Teach Toddlers How To Ride On Two Wheels

Rapid City, South Dakota (March 21, 2016) — Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, invites you and your family out to motorcycle tracks around the country for exciting racing and toddler-friendly activities at the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. Starting April 15 and continuing through the fall, Strider Bikes will be on-site in the Strider Adventure Zone at the tracks at Road Atlanta, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Virginia International Raceway, Road America, Barber Motorsports Park, and at Utah Motorsports Campus. Visit the Strider Events Calendar for more information.

Bring the family to the track on Saturday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or Sunday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and look for the Strider Adventure Zone, where children as young as 18 months to kids five years old can test ride a Strider Bike for free to discover that feeling of pure joy and freedom that happens when you ride off on two wheels. Children ages 16 and under are free.

Strider Adventure Zones are safe and friendly environments that encourage kids of all abilities from 18 months to 5 years old to test ride Strider Bikes and play with other kids, all while improving and developing fundamental bike handling skills in a custom-designed area complete with ramps and pennants. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels, boost their confidence as they learn new abilities, and experience the challenge and thrill of riding Strider Bikes on unique terrains and obstacles.

MotoAmerica is a professional motorcycle road racing series sanctioned by the AMA and FIM and supported by Dorna. The primary goal of MotoAmerica is to reinvigorate motorcycle racing in North America, reintroducing the most exhilarating motorsport in history to fans while grooming a new generation of American and international racers for the world stage. MotoAmerica works with tracks, teams, sponsors, OEMs, and promoters to tell the stories of the racers, the engineers, and the dreamers who strive to go further and faster. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the fastest, safest, and easiest way to introduce children to the world of riding on two wheels.

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Rapid City, SD (March 15, 2016)  - American global delivery services company FedEx® has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship for the third year in a row. The sixth annual event will be held at Pier 35 in San Francisco, CA July 29-30, 2016.

 

The Strider Cup World Championship is the culmination of a series of qualifying races held in North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Over 300 riders between two and five years old are expected to compete, as well as several racers with special needs. Strider is expecting toddler racers from over twelve countries to be represented in the world’s premier balance bike racing competition.

 

“We are excited that FedEx is partnering with us again this year. We are expecting record breaking racer numbers and spectator numbers at Pier 35 and are thrilled to have the support of a global brand like FedEx,” said Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports’ founder and CEO. “As our Strider Cup events have grown worldwide, we have sought to align ourselves with international organizations. FedEx is a perfect partner for our company and our Strider Cup events.”

 

For more information, contact Kyla Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 605-381-0328 or visit www.StriderCupWorldChampionship.com

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About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for all ages and abilities. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter, and Instagram.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, shipping, and e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $47 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 325,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards, and the needs of their customers and communities. www.fedex.com

February was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff once again had a tough time picking their top 3 entrants.

If you were selected for February you will receive an email with your gift certificate information. 

Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your March entries!

Without further ado...

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1st Place - High Five!

 

 

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2nd Place - Tunnel Pom-Pom

 

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3rd Place - Dream Big

Friday, 19 February 2016 03:44

A Boy and His Bike

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We love hearing from Strider parents so when we got this letter and photo from Ryan's parents we knew we had to share it:

Ryan is a beautiful, active, funny, smart, amazing child.  He is a six year old boy with diagnosed speech and motor Apraxia and ADHD.  Life, this far, has been difficult for Ryan – he has a hard time with speech, fine and gross motor activities – plus he cannot sit still!  He can understand everything you say but cannot always communicate with you understandably or effectively.  An easy-to-understand definition of apraxia is difficulty planning and producing.  Ryan knows what he wants to say and what movements he wants to make but cannot plan and produce the sounds/movement. 

Ryan has had all styles of bicycles -  from tricycles, “hot wheels,” scooters to training wheels on a “Big Kid” bike.  Ryan always ended up frustrated and mad at the bike.  When he was given his blue strider his Dad and I were skeptical.  Ryan got his Strider for his 6th birthday, which, unfortunately is in November.  Not optimal bike riding weather in South Dakota.  Ryan rode his Strider throughout the house all winter.  Dad and I decided that patching and painting walls was worth it.  It took him a little while to get the hang of using his legs for movement while sitting on the seat but he finally mastered it.

What has his Strider done for Ryan?  This bike has given our child so much and we are so thankful.  Not only can Ryan ride his bike, he wants to.  His bike has given him imaginative freedom.  The strider has been a riding lawn mower, a garbage truck and a fire truck.  The gross motor development has been huge – not only can he ride his Strider but his running, walking, jumping and all gross motor movements have gotten better and stronger.

If Ryan is playing outside he is usually on his Strider.  The other day he was riding in a few inches of snow.  Ryan wants to go on bike rides on the bike path and he is proud that he can ride his bike.  The confidence that his Strider has given Ryan is priceless! 

Keith and Erin (Ryan's parents)

Thursday, 11 February 2016 05:18

January Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

If the photos submitted for January are any indication, we're off to another great year of Strider Calendar Contest photos! We already know that Strider Riders are some of the coolest, cutest, and most photogenic kids on the planet...naturally this makes it very tough for the staff here at Strider HQ to narrow it down to the top 3.

If you were selected for January you will receive an email with your gift certificate information. 

Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your February entries!

Without further ado...

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1st Place - Striding in a Winter Wonderland

 

 

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2nd Place - Get Out and Explore

 

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3rd Place - Adventures With Friends

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Join us in San Francisco, CA July 29-30 for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship!

It promises to be another fun weekend of international racing competition, and plenty of other fun activities for the whole family!

The Strider Cup World Championship is open to all Strider riders of every ability! If you've already raced in one of the 2016 Strider Cup races (Lincoln, Salt Lake CitySpokane, or an authorized international Strider Cup race) you're automatically qualified for the World Cup Championship.

Last chance qualifiers and practice on Friday night are mandatory.

Last chance qualifiers, Practice and Riding clinics will take place on Friday evening for everyone. This will be an evening of STRIDER fun with music, games, food vendors, an opening ceremony and Group photo.

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Full Schedule for Friday and Saturday:

Friday, July 29th - Opening Night Celebration and Last Chance Qualifying Practice

Note:  Must attend qualifying night


3:00pm

Race Registration opens at Pier 35

7:00pm

Race Registration closes at Pier 35

4:30pm – 7:30pm

Fun Kids Activities  - Food Vendors Available

4:30pm – 6:15pm

STRIDER clinic, practice & qualifying races 2,3,4 and 5 year olds  

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Opening Ceremonies & Group Photo

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Special needs Strider 16” and 20” bike open practice races

 

Saturday, July 30th - Strider World Championship

Note:  No Registration on this day

8:00am

Track opens at Pier 35  

9:00am - 4:00pm

Strider Festival

9:00am

2-year old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

10:30am

3-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

12:00pm

Lunch Break

12:30pm

Open STRIDER bike Freestyle session - bring your best tricks!

1:30pm

Special needs races

2:30pm

4-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

3:30pm

5-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations

4:30pm

Track at Pier 35 closes

 

Strider Cup Racing Rules.

This race is for Genuine STRIDER Bikes only.  No other balance bike brands are allowed.  For acceptable modifications and other important information see full listing of rules which is linked on the Strider website landing page for this event or here.

Event Registration and Packet pick up:

    • - Online registration is now closed
    • - Early packet pick up and on-site registration will be Thursday - July 28th for $35.00 at Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf from 5pm to 7pm (Strider jersey size and color subject to availability). If you pick up your packet Thursday you can avoid any lines on Friday and get right to practicing on the track!
    • - On-site registration and packet pick up will also be available starting from 3pm and ending at 7pm on Friday July 29th at Pier 35 - $35 (Strider jersey size and color subject to availability)
    • - There will be NO on-site registration or packet pick up on Race day (Saturday July 30th)
    • - On-line pre-registration is $27.37 and is NOW CLOSED! Race fee includes a Strider jersey, number plate, and a bunch of other goodies!

Driving to the Strider Cup World Championship?

Sometimes finding a parking spot in the city can be difficult. consider reserving parking in advance with SpotHero!

SpotHero is a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted and convenient parking. You can download the SpotHero iPhone |Android app or visit the Strider Cup SpotHero Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

All attendees can enter the promo code STRIDERCUP for an extra $5 off parking. That's $5 off already discounted rates! SpotHero can be used for Day of event racing and overnight parking as well.

 

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SpecialThanks

 

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Video highlights from 2015 Strider Cup World Championship